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Europe – Job advertisement numbers remain static

21 October 2013

The Robert Walters European Job Index for Q2 2013 shows that there was no change in the total number of European job advertisements from Q1 2013 to Q2 2013. The trend in most countries was a decrease in job advertising, however growth was seen in the UK (+4%) and Luxembourg (+8%).

The largest declines were seen in Ireland (-9%) and Switzerland (-10%). The sectors which saw the largest number of advertisements were banking and financial services, procurement and supply chain and logistics. Although there were pockets of positivity in certain markets, the general trend across Europe was one of cautious optimism after a busy Q1.

Job advert numbers in France were flat overall compared to Q1, although banking and financial services was up +23% and marketing was up +32%.

Although engineering job advertisements fell by --7%, and total job adverts were down marginally by -3%, German companies still fought for talented engineers.

Advertising of legal roles rose +19% in Ireland as firms looked to hire in preparation for the new financial year. In Luxembourg, overall advertising increased by +8%, with a surge of +36% in compliance adverts due to increased regulatory requirements

Advertising in the Netherlands fell -7% following the Dutch central bank’s statement that the country’s weaker than expected economic outlook would result in a higher budget deficit. In Spain, manufacturing job advertisements increased by +59% driven by increased labour market and export competitiveness

Insurance companies led demand within financial services in Switzerland, although total job adverts within the space were down -7%. UK job advertising saw big leaps in banking and financial services, with a +27% increase in roles advertised.

To read the full report, including a detailed breakdown of each country, please click here

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